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Royal Wootton Bassett
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We honour those who serve

Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council

We honour those who serve

t: 01793 850222

e: enquiries@royalwoottonbassett.gov.uk

t: 01793 850222

e: enquiries@royalwoottonbassett.gov.uk

RWB Environmental Group Wildflower Display

The Royal Wootton Bassett Environmental Group have put up a wildflower display in the Royal Wootton Library foyer until Wednesday 6th October 2021.

It highlights how our wildlife is being affected by climate change, habitat loss and intensive agriculture and explores how wildflower areas can help by providing space for our native flowers to grow, which in turn supports insects, pollinators, birds, bats and small mammals. The display includes practical information on the need to carefully manage wildflower areas including a case study from Dorset council showing that in their county it took about two years of reduced cutting and collecting to successfully establish wildflowers on their verges. The Library display builds on their previous wildflower engagement content such as the article in the current Community magazine as well as a statement of support from the Royal Wootton Bassett Gardening club.

The wildflower survey is available in a paper form next to the display and residents can also complete an online form here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XG9MM7F

 

Revenue & Resources Meeting – Thursday 23rd September 2021

Residents can view the Agendas for the meetings on the Council Meetings calendar found on the home page.

Revenue and Resources Meeting Notice

 

Wiltshire Council Climate Change Strategy Public Consultation

Wiltshire Council Climate Change PosterWiltshire Council are giving residents, business and local groups in the county the opportunity to have a say on their draft Climate Strategy which will help shape the next five years of the Council’s action on climate change.

The Consultation is now open until Sunday 17th October 2021. Please click on poster (on the left) to take you to their consultation webpage to find out more and how to respond. You are also most welcome to view the below video recording of their presentation.

Town Council Meetings 2nd September 2021

Residents can view the Agendas for the meetings on the Council Meetings calendar found on the home page.Town Council Meeting Notice for 2nd September 2021

Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust at Market today

The Bobby Van will be parked up today by our market on the High Street. The trust works in partnership with Wiltshire Police to provide a home security service and online safety service for over 60s. The Bobby Operators would love to meet residents and provide advice on how to secure your home.

Johnathan Bourne, first Freeman of the Town

On Thursday 29th July 2021, Johnathan Bourne was presented with the Freedom of the Town at a small service in St Bartholomew’s and All Saints Church, Royal Wootton Bassett. The award was presented in recognition and enduring gratitude of his service as Town Clerk for 32 years.

The joyous ceremony began with an opening prayer by the Reverend Canon Jane Curtis, a speech from the Mayor, Councillor Steve Walls which was followed by a fantastic cry by our very own Town Crier Owen Collier who read out the scroll wording.

Johnathan Bourne was presented with a framed copy of the scroll as well as an antique key, symbolising the freedom to enter and leave the town, kindly gifted by Councillor Steve Bucknell.

Guests were treated to music beautifully played by pianist Maximo Lopez, an alumni of Royal Wootton Bassett Academy. The service ended with a delicious buffet provided by Delicias Catering.

The Mayor, Councillor Steve Walls said:

” I was very pleased to officiate at this unique event awarding Johnathan Bourne with the freedom of the town. This was a very appropriate award as Johnathan had achieved a great deal for the town during his 32 years as Town Clerk”.

The Town Council would have loved to extended the invitation to all the community, regrettably due to the restrictions still in place for events such as this, the celebration was restricted to invitation only.

 

 

Johnathan Bourne to receive the Honour of Freedom of the Town

In September 2020, Councillors of Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council unanimously agreed that Johnathan Bourne should become the first freeman of the town in recognition and enduring gratitude of his service as Town Clerk for 32 years.

Due to the pandemic, Councillors postponed the ceremony. Now that some restrictions have been lifted, the celebration has been organised for Thursday 29th July 2021.

The Town Council would have loved to extend the invitation to all the community, regrettably due to the restrictions still in place for events such as this, the celebration is restricted to invitation only.

Photographs will be uploaded onto our social media, followed by a further press release.

For further information, please contact Councillor Steve Walls, Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett at the Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council office on 01793 850222

 

Cycle Challenge

Joshua Toll, our Community Projects Officer, has just returned from his marathon cycle ride, stretching 910 miles, from Land’s End to John O’Groats, in aid of Cancer Research UK and The Oddballs Foundation.

Part of a team of six, all friends, Josh set out on a scorching day at 7am on Friday 2nd July 2021. Their route took in the breath-taking beauty and varied scenery of the numerous counties they have had to cross, with over 43,500ft of vertical climbing taking 13 days to reach their destination of John O’Groats. No support vehicle accompanied them, everything they needed for survival was carried on their bikes. They cycled in all weathers, with their longest ride covering 101.5 miles and took them 8 hours and 45 minutes to complete.

Josh says of his adventure “The UK is actually quite big when you’re sat on a bike. Having cycled through 21 counties in 3 countries through blazing sun and torrential rain, it did make quite the adventure. There were good days and bad days but it was all worth it having raised money for these great causes. Any further donations are welcome and hugely appreciated because I won’t be doing that again! I’ll be sitting on a pillow for a while longer yet”.

The group were hoping to raise £3000 towards their chosen charities and are so pleased this has already been exceeded, but anymore towards these worthwhile charities is always needed and appreciated.

If anyone wishes to donate then please visit the following link:

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=BustingOurBallsToSaveYours&isTeam=true

Councillors and Staff would like to say huge congratulations to Josh for this amazing feat, and hope he recovers quickly from his momentous effort to raise funds for such worthwhile causes.

Photo of Joshua Toll by Lands End

Town Clerk

Stephen Nash, the Town Clerk of Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council has today, Tuesday 20th July 2021, left the service of the Town Council. We wish him well in his future career.

For the immediate future, any questions and concerns should be addressed to Michelle Temple, Administrative Services Manager & Acting Town Clerk, or Kalpesh Patel, Accountant & Acting Responsible Finance Officer.

Councillor Steve Walls
Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett

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